Thanks to the space saver we were able to go to Kouklia, as planned, to ring. Today we managed 27 birds, and that with just three nets as it was windier than forecast to start with and under threatening clouds we were rather conservative knowing how heavy showers may be.
We caught an assortment of Chiffchaff, Serin, Blackcap and Sardinian Warbler with Stonechat and Bluethroat our best birds.
By 9:45am we were headed to Paphos Headland but a menacing grey cloud extended out to sea from just off shore and we went for a drink as from experience it was likely to produce a shower guaranteed to soak, anyone caught out in the open, to the skin.
It was only a matter of minutes before the rain began, just as heavy as feared, sending Cypriots and tourists alike scurrying for shelter. Our coffee bar was a uniquely Cypriot experience as it was filled with taxi drivers and undergoing a refit by two workmen, only one with any form of PPE fitting metal conduiting in the ceiling. We looked away as sparks showered onto the counter and the workman with a fullface welding mask continued with his arc-welding while workman two held everything in place whilst looking over his shoulder. Considering he couldn't look in the same direction as where the work was happening, he made a very good effort. He'd obviously done this before. For a moment I thought there was lightning in the swiftly moving clouds, then realised it was actually the reflection of that work happening behind the counter.
Once the rain stopped and the lattes were drained we continued on to the headland. Our first birds were birds feeding in the flowerbeds close to the entrance.
Rather than repeat what we had done the day before as it had been slightly quiet we decided to take a look at Achna Dam, which unlike Kiti was fairly full, not to complete capacity but in areas that had not empty for some years. It is looking very good for spring, being a fairly shallow lake with quite a bit of waterside vegetation. We had nothing particularly special here, a few odd duck on the water, a female/immature Hen Harrier went over and a single Bluethroat was seen.